2018 CWHL Draft

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2018 CWHL Draft
General information
Date(s)August 26, 2018
First selectionLauren Williams, Worcester Blades
← 2017

The 2018 CWHL Draft, the ninth and final in league history, took place on August 26. It marked the first and only draft Jayna Hefford served as CWHL commissioner. The CWHL indicated that general managers were authorized to "pre-sign" their first and second round selections before the draft. The window for pre-signing expired on August 17.[1] Lauren Williams, a Canadian player and alumna of the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey program, was the first pick overall in the draft.[2] Long after this draft, the CWHL discontinued operations on May 1, 2019, having announced its intention on March 31.[3]

Draft presigning[edit]

Player Team Date
Kimberly Newell[4] Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays June 15, 2018
Halli Krzyzaniak[5] Calgary Inferno July 31, 2018
Rebecca Leslie[6] Calgary Inferno August 8, 2018


On December 13, 2017, Erin Ambrose was traded from the Toronto Furies to Les Canadiennes de Montreal. The Furies received first and third round picks in the 2018 CWHL Draft, a first round pick from the 2019 CWHL Draft, plus a third round pick from the 2020 CWHL Draft.[7] With the CWHL's dissolution, the 2019 and 2020 picks were extinguished.


Rounds 1–5[edit]

Round Pick Player Team Nationality Former team
1 1 Lauren Williams Worcester Blades  Canada Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey
1 2 Sarah Nurse Toronto Furies  Canada Canadian Olympic Team
1 3 Victoria Bach Markham Thunder  Canada Boston University Terriers
1 4 Halli Krzyzaniak Calgary Inferno  Canada North Dakota Fighting Hawks
1 5 Kimberly Newell Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays  Canada Princeton Tigers women's ice hockey
1 6 Shea Tiley Toronto Furies  Canada Clarkson Golden Knights women's ice hockey
2 7 Morgan Turner Worcester Blades Dartmouth Big Green women's ice hockey
2 8 Brittany Howard Toronto Furies  Canada Robert Morris Colonials women's ice hockey
2 9 Ailish Forfar Markham Thunder  Canada Ryerson Rams women's ice hockey
2 10 Rebecca Leslie Calgary Inferno  Canada Boston University Terriers
2 11 Leah Lum Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays Connecticut Huskies women's ice hockey
2 12 Genevieve Bannon Les Canadiennes de Montreal  Canada Clarkson Golden Knights
3 13 Meghan Turner Worcester Blades Quinnipiac Bobcats women's ice hockey
3 14 Melissa Channell Toronto Furies  Canada Wisconsin Badgers
3 15 Hannah Miller Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays St. Lawrence Skating Saints women's ice hockey
3 16 Megan Sullivan Markham Thunder Colgate Raiders women's ice hockey
3 17 Annie Belanger Calgary Inferno  Canada Connecticut Huskies women's ice hockey
3 18 Julia Fedeski Toronto Furies New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey
4 19 Jessica Convery Worcester Blades Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs
4 20 Emma Greco Toronto Furies  Canada Quinnipiac Bobcats
4 21 Daniella Matteucci Markham Thunder  Canada Clarkson Golden Knights
4 22 Alex Rigsby Calgary Inferno  United States US Olympic Team
4 23 Taylor Willard Les Canadiennes de Montreal Vermont Catamounts women's ice hockey
5 24 Rebecca Fleming Worcester Blades Connecticut Huskies
5 25 Mackenzie Macneil Toronto Furies Vermont Catamounts
5 26 Gina Repaci Markham Thunder Vermont Catamounts
5 27 Tori Hickel Calgary Inferno Djurgarden (SDHL)
5 28 Catherine Daoust Les Canadiennes de Montreal  Canada Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs


  1. ^ Mike Murphy (June 15, 2018). "Kunlun signs Newell, Carpenter and four others re-sign with China's CWHL clubs". SB Nation: Ice Garden. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  2. ^ David Alter (August 27, 2018). "CWHL commissioner Jayna Hefford aims for improved visibility of women's hockey". Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Canadian Women's Hockey League to Discontinue Operations". TheCWHL.com. March 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Mike Murphy (June 15, 2018). "Kunlun signs Newell, Carpenter and four others re-sign with China's CWHL clubs". SB Nation: Ice Garden. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Tammy Schwass (July 31, 2018). "CALGARY INFERNO ANNOUNCE DRAFT PRE-SIGNING OF HALLI KRZYZANIAK". Calgary Inferno. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Tammy Schwass (August 8, 2018). "Inferno continue to add offensive depth securing draft pre-signee Rebecca Leslie". Calgary Inferno. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Les Canadiennes Acquire Erin Ambrose". CWHL. December 13, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2018.